- Describes him as ‘father of modern Lagos’
By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja congratulated the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his 67thbirthday.
In a statement, the president’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari described Tinubu as one of the strong pillars of Nigeria’s democracy.
According to him, Buhari joined the APC family in celebrating Tinubu, who holds the chieftaincy title of Asiwaju of Lagos and Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, for what he described as his selflessness in serving his country, and making life better for many.
Adesina said Buhari further recalled some of the sacrifices of the party chieftain to include standing up against injustice in 1993 when the June 12 elections were annulled, saying his action forced him into political exile for many years.
Also recalling Tinubu’s protracted legal battles against the federal government over withheld Lagos council funds, Buhari affirmed that Tinubu maintained uncompromising posture in the face of injustice and refusal to follow the path of least resistance for personal gains.
He said these qualities stand him out today as a rare breed and one of the cornerstones of Nigeria’s democracy, especially with his track record of persistence, consistency and effective leadership.
The statement added: “As the father of modern Lagos State, the President commends the visionary and inclusive leadership style that the Asiwaju provided for the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria for eight years, laying the foundation for a modern and technologically driven city, and ensuring that every successive leader in the state sticks with the masterplan of a greater Lagos.
“President Buhari rejoices with family members, friends, political and business associates of the Jagaban on this auspicious milestone, which is further brightened with the many successes recorded at the recently concluded polls by his strong leadership.
“The President believes the best years of the APC National Leader are still ahead, praying that the almighty God will grant him longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country he loves so much.”